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A ‘Khan’vas of rich motifs

THE ASIAN AGE. | NAYARE ALI
Published : Oct 5, 2017, 12:21 am IST
Updated : Oct 5, 2017, 12:21 am IST

The jewellery designer gets inspired by her travels and does not hesitate to promote local talent wherever she spots an eclectic trinket.

Farah Khan Ali
 Farah Khan Ali

Her USP lies in her warmth. It radiates even across a telephone call. Jewellery designer Farah Khan is a woman on the move, literally and figuratively! From attending a family wedding in Dubai to holidaying with her pals in Italy, she certainly lives life queen size. But make no mistake! Farah is an incredibly hardworking woman, a fact that is admirable, given her privileged background.   

Daughter of actor Sanjay Khan and his interior designer wife Zarine, the good life has been an inherent part of her growing up years. But Farah is no pampered brat.

 

She is a multi-tasking mum of two, with a flourishing jewellery line and has managed to superbly strike a balance between her various roles. She attributes it to one word. ‘Discipline.’ “I am good with time management,” she reveals and her travels inspire the designer in her.  Farah’s penchant for travel is well document on Insta, where her well shot pictures draw instant likes from her well wishers. “I am adventurous and love being outdoors   I feel most connected with nature. I must be an old soul as I am drawn to history and varied cultures to people — I find such experiences soul satisfying,” confesses the designer who is strongly inspired by the Mughal Rajput culture of Rajasthan. “Those motifs, jalis and those stunning palaces all tell a story. There is so much colour in Rajasthan,” says the artiste with a keen eye for detail. “But my next collection is inspired by Ladakh, it is so colourful,” she gushes.

 

Her travels have not just exposed her to the finest international talents but have taught her to be appreciative too. “I admire designers like Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani I also admire Baroque,” says Farah, who finds beauty in the quaintest of places.  Strolling through the streets of a small town in Italy, she chanced upon a pair  earrings handcrafted by a young designer. “I loved them so much that I bought them instantly. I posted those pictures because I believe it is important to promote talent. The young designer got a lot of requests and was very happy,” she adds.

She narrates another instance of being influenced by a guest at her exhibition in Coimbatore. There was this lady who wore a fascinating nose pin. “I was so intrigued by the design that I have decided to create a line of nose pins. She was simple but had a distinct sense of style,” she recollects.

 

Farah may travel the world but her heart lies in Mumbai where her husband DJ Aqeel and her kids Fiza and Azaan live. “Right now, they have exams, so my schedule is planned accordingly,” says the doting mother, who ensures that, “Aqeel or I are always around with the kids.”

Given her family background in movies, her husband’s interest in DJing and her own career in design, have her kids gravitated towards any of their fields? “Right now, they are too young. My daughter wanted to be a jewellery designer, now she wants to be a lawyer. My son was interested in DJing, now he wants to be a film director. I believe that they should give their best to whatever they choose to do,” she says.

 

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